My family has always been very traditional and included silver threepenny (3d) pieces in our Christmas pudding. Sadly, they were stolen in a burglary and I wonder if it is possible to buy replacements – preferably genuine? Or what alternatives could we use?
Putting coins in Christmas puddings is controversial these days on various health and safety grounds. Nevertheless, it is an age-old custom and many people continue to do it. Purists consider modern coins a no-no and only silver 3d pieces will do or, perhaps, an old sixpence.
Dealers such as Dauwalders of Salisbury are a good source of silver 3d coins, worldstamps.co.uk, 01722 412100. Or try eBay, where prices range from £1 to £10. Non-traditionalists may like to use silver charms instead.
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